With Enough Appeal, China Successfully Prevented the Lunar Holiday Cluster

jpnn.com, JAKARTA – Announcements issued by a number of provincial governments to their citizens not to go home during the Lunar New Year holiday have been effective, to the point that the number of train passengers in China has decreased by almost 70 percent.

China National Railway Group in a statement cited by local broadcasters on Saturday said that during the period January 28 to February 11, 2021, it only carried 52,330,000 passengers.

That number has decreased by nearly 70 percent over the same period in 2020 when the rail operator in China was still able to carry 167,990,000 travelers. Even though at that time there was also a recommendation not to go home from the government after Wuhan was quarantined.

Significant decline in the number of passengers on the Chinese New Year holiday which is commonly known as the Spring Festival occurred in several major cities.

In the past 15 days, only 147,700 travelers have used train services from Beijing to various regions.

The monitoring at Beijing Station, which is one of the largest integrated transportation hubs in the capital, is also not as busy as usual.

In the run-up to last year’s Chinese New Year, ANTARA still found congestion of passengers carrying a lot of luggage on the metro (subway) to Beijing Station and Beijing Nan Station to change to regular trains and fast trains to various areas in western, central, eastern and southern China.

“This year I am not going home. In Beijing alone,” said a Chinese Foreign Ministry staff member who usually returns to his hometown in Henan Province every Spring holiday.

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